Chr. Hansen has expanded its FreshQ line with the introduction of FreshQ DA, a bioprotection solution designed for fermented plant-based products.
FreshQ DA is a food culture that reportedly helps strengthen fermentation of plant-based products, providing better protection against spoilage caused by yeasts and moulds.
As well as keeping foods safe and fresh for longer, Chr. Hansen says that its FreshQ solution can help manufacturers meet demand for food with fewer artificial ingredients.
Extending freshness can also help companies to become more sustainable, by reducing waste in the value chain.
“FreshQ DA consists of lactic acid bacteria selected for its ability to out-compete contaminants through fermentation. It works in a variety of plant bases to help keep products fresh for longer,” said Peter Thoeysen, Chr. Hansen’s director of bioprotection.
“Bioprotection uses ‘good bacteria’ to fight ´bad bacteria’, yeast and mould, to help keep food fresh from the inside out. Using fermentation for this is a well-known concept in the dairy world, and it offers similar potential for the fermented plant-based foods industry.
“With fermentation-driven bioprotection, producers are better equipped to build consumer trust in their brand by improving product quality in a natural way. Improving quality and shelf life can also help reduce food waste at the global level, providing consumers with an extended window during which to consume the food they purchase.”
Chr. Hansen recently launched a new range of next-generation Premium cultures that it claims helps fresh dairy producers meet demands for immune health.
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